Reputation: Hyenas are ugly villains that only eat dead things, sometimes lions, sometimes even humans.
Then they whoop with laughter.
How dangerous are hyenas?
Like most predators, hyena attacks tend to target women, children, and infirm men, though both species can and do attack healthy adult males on occasion. The spotted hyena is the more dangerous of the two species, being larger, more predatory, and more aggressive than the striped hyena.
Are hyenas dirty?
It’s the garbage disposal of Africa, chewing through bones and horns and hooves. And while it’s long been painted as a no-good, dirty scavenger, the spotted hyena is an adept predator that kills up to 95 percent of the food it eats.
Is a hyena a dog or a cat?
No dogs here! Hyenas are not members of the dog or cat families. Instead, they are so unique that they have a family all their own, Hyaenidae. There are four members of the Hyaenidae family: the striped hyena, the “giggly” spotted hyena, the brown hyena, and the aardwolf (it’s a hyena, not a wolf).
Is a hyena a predator?
Spotted hyenas may kill as many as 95% of the animals they eat, while striped hyenas are largely scavengers. Generally, hyenas are known to drive off larger predators, like lions, from their kills, despite having a reputation in popular culture for being cowardly.